Romney scores second island victory in Northern Marianas
March 10th, 2012
07:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney scores second island victory in Northern Marianas

(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney won the Northern Mariana Islands caucuses early Saturday, picking up nine delegates as well as his second victory of the weekend in a distant U.S. territory located on the other side of the International Date Line.

The former Massachusetts governor garnered 87% of the vote in a non-binding presidential preference poll conducted at the caucuses. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was a distant second with 6%, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul who each received 3%.

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“I was so pleased to talk with Mitt Romney yesterday and it was clear from that conversation he will not forgot us here in the [Northern Mariana Islands],” said Gov. Benigno Fitial, the chairman of the local Republican Party and head of the Islands’ delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “I encourage the hundreds of thousands of Pacific Islanders living in the Continental U.S. to follow our lead and please support Governor Mitt Romney in the coming months.”

Earlier this week, Romney’s son Matt campaigned in Saipan, the territory’s largest island, and in Guam, which also held caucuses Saturday. Romney picked up all nine delegates from that event as well.

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“Now the voters of the Northern Mariana Islands—nearly 8,000 miles from Washington, D.C.—have spoken,” the Republican presidential front-runner said in a statement after the victory. “And what they’ve said today is that they want to bring change to their beautiful islands by bringing change to our nation’s capital.”

The vote in the Northern Marianas marked the second of four presidential contests slated for Saturday. The GOP presidential field will also face off in caucuses in Kansas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. diridi

    he is not fit to be to any public office. Loot and Cheat. Bain Capital. Flip-Flop...nasty idiot.

    March 10, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Dave

    Another reason why Romney will will the nomination!

    March 10, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. TJeff1776

    Mr. Romney has IT in tha bag. The others, at this point, are whistling Dixie.........AND wasting valuable campaigning time....and $$$$$$$. Obama is NOT gonna be a pushover....Indeed, almost impossible to beat despite all these upbeat conser talk heads.

    March 10, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Bill D

    Guam and the Mariannas combine for great victory for Romney. At least he finally got the majority of the vote somewhere. This whole primary is truly bizarre.

    March 10, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. kebo72

    Wow, mail it in. He'll definitely be the next President now. The Chamorro's have spoken everyone.

    March 10, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. sensible

    .....They like grits, too! The trees are just the right height there! Not too many lakes, but Mitt likes them! He once drove around the islands looking for Davy Crockett and eating a philly-cheesesteak sandwich! He had a boston cream pie for dessert. He likes cars. He likes dogs on cars. He has a few friends that own islands near there. He met them at a nascar event while he was sitting with a few of his nascar team owner friends.

    March 10, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Anonymous

    "The water in the Marianas is just the right temperature."

    March 10, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Joseph Smith

    The Mormons think the White Horse Prophecy is being realized and they'll run the United States via theocracy. Get ready to move to Canada.

    March 10, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney’s LOVES – Name that State!!!

    I like grits
    I like cars
    I like Davy Crocket
    I like butter on a stick
    I like trees
    I love one of my home states
    I love RomneyCare for you but not the rest of the country
    I love NASCAR – I love the people who OWN it
    I didn't need to love NO one in this state – Only two of us were on the ballot!!

    “Ya’ll guess the state now – ya’ here!!!!!”

    (I know there is more but I can’t think of any now. Everyone should cut and paste what I wrote and then add more – We can do this from now until Election Day – form our own PAC with no $$$ – and run our own ads – LOL!!!)

    March 10, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. sensible

    He has accounts in the Bank of the Northern Mariana Islands. He likes to say "aloha, y'all!"

    March 10, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Jt_flyer

    This man looks strange in blue jeans.

    March 10, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. diridi

    Can you dump your five Sons In IRAN for War? idiot. Watch him on Youtube, type when mitt romney came to town...enjoy...you cry to tears. That nasty idiot he is......alas!!!!!!!!!!
    PS: "CORPORATIONS ARE ALSO PEOPLE, MY FRIEND".

    March 10, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. zip

    Mitt Romney and other Mormons believe that when they die they are magically transported to the planet Kolob. Does that appear in your Bible?? This church is a cult, and the media seems terrified to question Mitt about it.

    March 10, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Debbie

    Boy chalking up those delegates in US Territories is really something! They have limited voting power in Congress but what's that matter. Every delegate is going to count for Romney. It would have been a whole lot easier had the GOP put forth 3 valid candidates vs just voting for a moderate flip flopper, a religious zealot, ethics violations king, or racist libetarian.

    March 10, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    The GOP is wasting their time. Romney doesn't care either because the day after Obama undoubtedly wins re-election, Romney will just return to one of his mansions and fall asleep on his pillow stuffed with thousands of dollars and life for him will return to normal. Let's be clear about why Romney is really running for President: because he is a bored millionaire and this is just a hobby to him – another quest for adventure and power. Willard doesn't care at all about America – he just wants to see if he can win at this little game called running for President because it's just something to do to kill time in his idyllic utopian world of care free living.

    March 10, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. brian in denver

    Mitt's really racking up the big wins now!

    March 10, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. nolimits3333

    I would think that Romney would do well in St. Barts.

    March 10, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Gig

    now there is big news. Guam? Saipan? Do we really care? LOL

    March 10, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |